ESL and Intel have announced a partnership to create the Intel Grand Slam, a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament that will feature a prize of $1 million in team prizes. The announcement was made on liverstream during the E3 event.
The Intel Grand Slam will reward the first team to win “four of the last ten Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions hosted by ESL and DreamHack.”
This includes the ESL One, ESL Pro League, Intel Extreme Masters, and DreamHack Masters Series. The Intel Grand Slam will start at ESL One Cologne, which will take place on July 7-July 9th.
When the Intel Grand Slam winner has been decided, each team’s trophy count will be reset to zero, and the competition will be reset. This means that two teams could potentially win the prize.
“Intel’s involvement in esports and the gaming community has spanned more than 15 years, and we’re always looking for ways to take the player and fan experience to the next level,” said Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel Corporation.
“In this next phase of our long-time partnership with ESL, we’re investing in the development of future esports stars, further expanding our global footprint with the Intel Extreme Masters circuit, and exploring fresh formats like the Intel Grand Slam that we announced today.”
The ESL studios in North America and Europe will be renamed “The Intel Esports Arenas.” The partnership will empower the growth of Esports even further, and will include Intel’s initiatives to power ESL’s esports events, broadcasting operations, production hardware, and studio technology.